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    AAMC MOSAIC 2023 Cohort Scholars

    AAMC’s MOSAIC Program Scholars are select National Institute of Health (NIH)-K99/R00 awardees who hail from diverse backgrounds, for example from groups underrepresented in research, as they transition from postdoctoral appointments into academic research faculty positions.

    Bryan Benitez

    Bryan Benitez, PhD

    Project Title: Targeting High-Risk Drinking Days with Mobile Treatment for Spanish-Speaking Patients
    Position: Associate Research Scientist
    Institution: Yale University
    Funding NIH Institute/Center: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
    Project ID: K99AA031032

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    Robert Booker

    Robert Booker, PhD, MS, ACSM-EP

    Project Title: Developing, Validating, and Implementing an Epidemiological Instrument to Assess the Effect of Resistance Training on Measures of Cardiometabolic Disease
    Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    Institution: Northwestern University at Chicago
    Funding NIH Institute/Center: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
    Project ID: K99HL168338

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    Shayna Bradford

    Shayna Bradford, PhD

    Project Title: Defining The Role of Failed-Repair Proximal Tubule Cells in Advanced Renal Disease in African Americans
    Position: Postdoctoral Research Scholar
    Institution: Washington University
    Funding NIH Institute/Center: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
    Project ID: K99DK134882

    Agostina Casamento-Moran

    Agostina Casamento-Moran, PhD

    Project Title: Neurobiological Mechanisms of Fatigue in Health and After COVID-19
    Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    Institution: Hugo W. Moser Research Institute at Kennedy Krieger
    Funding NIH Institute/Center: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
    Project ID: K99NS133961

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    Lisandra Flores-Aldama

    Lisandra Flores-Aldama, PhD

    Project Title: Biogenesis of hERG1a/1b Ion Channels in Health and Disease Model Cardiomyocytes
    Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Funding NIH Institute/Center: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
    Project ID: K99HL169909

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    Shawna Follis

    Shawna Follis, PhD, MS

    Project Title: Examining the Role of Structural Factors in Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Cardiovascular Disease
    Position: Instructor of Medicine
    Institution: Stanford University
    Funding NIH Institute/Center: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
    Project ID: K99HL169908

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    Nioud Gebru

    Nioud (Neo) Mulugeta Gebru, PhD

    Project Title: Applying Construal Level Theory to Develop and Test an Interactive Text Messaging Adjunct Intervention to Reduce Heavy Drinking and HIV Risk
    Position: Postdoctoral Scholar
    Institution: Brown University
    Funding NIH Institute/Center: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
    Project ID: K99AA031443

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    David Gonzalez

    David Gonzalez, PhD

    Project Title: Impact of Biomass Burning Aerosol and Humic-like Substances on Iron Homeostasis and Atherosclerosis
    Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    Institution: University of California, Los Angeles
    Funding NIH Institute/Center: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
    Project ID: K99ES034819

    Ana Hernandez-Reynoso

    Ana G. Hernandez-Reynoso, PhD

    Project Title: Targeted Neuroplasticity via Vagus Nerve Stimulation to Improve Urinary Dysfunction After Spinal Cord Injury
    Position: Research Scientist
    Institution: University of Texas at Dallas
    Funding NIH Institute/Center: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
    Project ID: K99NS135194

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    Cecilia Hinojosa

    Cecilia A. Hinojosa, PhD

    Project Title: Sex Differences in Reward Neurocircuitry Underlying Alcohol Craving and Consumption in Trauma-Exposed Individuals
    Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
    Institution: Emory University
    Funding NIH Institute/Center: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
    Project ID: K99AA031333

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    Kanoho Hosoda

    K. Kanoho Hosoda, PhD

    Project Title: The Role of Multicultural Identity Integration on Well-Being and Biomedical Science Pathway Persistence
    Position: Postdoctoral Scholar
    Institution: University of California, San Francisco
    Funding NIH Institute/Center: National Institute of General Medical Sciences
    Project ID: K99GM151640

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    Katie Insel

    Katie Insel, PhD

    Project Title: Computational and Neurodevelopmental Mechanisms of Memory-Guided Decision-Making
    Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
    Institution: Columbia University
    Funding NIH Institute/Center: National Institute of Mental Health
    Project ID: K99MH133994

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    Fred Ketchum

    Fred Ketchum, PhD, MD

    Project Title: Preparing for Blood-Based Alzheimer’s Disease Biomarker Testing in Diverse Populations: Development of a Decision-Support Tool for Primary Care
    Position: Assistant Professor
    Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Funding NIH Institute/Center: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
    Project ID: K99AG083131

    Kimiko Krieger

    Kimiko L. Krieger, PhD

    Project Title: Delineating the Role of the Homocysteine-Folate-Thymidylate Synthase Axis and Uracil Accumulation in African American Prostate Tumors
    Position: Postdoctoral Associate
    Institution: Baylor College of Medicine
    Funding NIH Institute/Center: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
    Project ID: K99MD018671

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    Lina Montoya

    Lina Montoya, PhD, MA

    Project Title: What Works, for Whom? Applying Novel Precision Medicine Methods to People With Mental Illness in the Justice System.
    Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Institution: University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
    Funding NIH Institute/Center: National Institute of Mental Health
    Project ID: K99MH133985

    Babajide Ojo

    Babajide A. Ojo, PhD, MS

    Project Title: Dysregulation of Epithelial Metabolism and Regeneration by Sulfite Exposure in Pediatric Ulcerative Colitis
    Position: Postdoctoral Research Scholar
    Institution: Stanford University
    Funding NIH Institute/Center: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
    Project ID: K99DK136971

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    Amanda Perez

    Amanda D. Perez, PhD, MA, MPH

    Project Title: Racism-Related Stress and Birth Outcomes Among Latinas: New Tools for Maximizing Conceptual and Methodological Validity
    Position: Postdoctoral Scholar
    Institution: University of California, Berkeley
    Funding NIH Institute/Center: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
    Project ID: K99MD018629

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    Danielle Wallace

    Danielle Wallace, MPH, PhD

    Project Title: Investigating Relationships Between Naturalistic Light Exposure and Sleep
    Position: Research Fellow
    Institution: Brigham and Women's Hospital
    Funding NIH Institute/Center: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
    Project ID: K99HL166700

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    Jonathan Yap

    Jonathan K.T. Yap, PhD, MS

    Project Title: Anti-Inflammatory Signaling of RNA-Binding Protein, Tristetraprolin, During Myocardial Infarction
    Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
    Institution: University of Hawaii at Manoa
    Funding NIH Institute/Center: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
    Project ID: K99HL168433

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